Tours and evening events give participants the opportunity to see sustainability projects on local campuses, visit sustainability-related attractions in the community and learn more about the city with other conference attendees. Tours and evening events are not included in the conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee. You can register online or onsite by 5 p.m. the day before the tour or evening event.



Discover UT Austin Through Green Campus Tours

Saturday, Oct. 14 | 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | $90

Learn what makes the UT Austin campus stand out in our approach to sustainability. Participants will be able to choose from six tour ‘tracks’ led by staff and students:

  • Landscape - Take a stroll highlighting our stewardship of Waller Creek and a recent SITES project at the new medical school. You’ll also learn about our campus tree inventory and award winning irrigation conservation program.

  • Buildings and Energy - Tour our hyper efficient power plant and several LEED Gold buildings. You’ll also learn about our comprehensive energy and water conservation program, Green Labs and Green Offices programs, and new revolving fund.

  • Student Life - Check out our 25,000 meals/day dining operation, Zero Waste and composting initiatives, and new freshman residential Sustainability Living Learning Community.

  • Teaching and Research - Visit with several key faculty leading sustainability-focused research centers and heading up the B.S. in Environmental Science and the new B.A. in Sustainability Studies, and learn about our emerging Living Lab efforts.

  • Alternative Transportation - Tour campus by bike to check out all of our mobility efforts.

  • Social Equity - In alignment with the conference theme, visit with faculty and student leaders working toward a healthy and equitable future for all on and off campus. You’ll also learn about the recently adopted Sustainability Master Plan and Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. 

All the tracks will meet up at the end the day for dinner, drinks and live music before heading back to San Antonio.

The drive from San Antonio to Austin is roughly 90 minutes each way. Attendees may join in Austin and take the bus one-way to San Antonio, but must still register through AASHE at full cost. For those already in Austin, the tour starts at 100 W. Dean Keeton, Suite 1.302, at 2:30 p.m. 

Trinity University’s Center for the Sciences & Innovation: A Campus Hub for Collaborative Learning

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | $70

Trinity University’s Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI) was designed to promote interdisciplinary learning and productive collisions among students, faculty, and staff. The largest development ever undertaken on the campus, the project includes new construction along with major renovations of existing buildings configured to create an integrated academic complex that puts science on display for all students. The building was also designed to showcase and promote sustainability from the one-­of-­a-­kind green roof to collection of condensate for bathroom use. The LEED ­certified over 250,000 SF complex serves as a laboratory for understanding the benefits of sustainability. Home to eight academic departments, the McNair Scholars Program, and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, CSI is Trinity’s hub for collaborative learning. Students and faculty across all disciplines utilize the building to experience hands-­on, research-­based education. The facility tour will include an overview of sustainability measures that meet rigorous LEED criteria, and building features such as a landscaped bioswale, native and adaptive landscaping with grey water irrigation, the green roof, rainwater and condensate collection systems, and Thermowheel energy recovery wheels.Registered attendees will be shuttled from the Convention Center to the Trinity University campus by mini­bus. A continental breakfast will also be served.

Sustainability in the Works at UTSA

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | $60

Come see the Alamo City’s largest university: the University of Texas at San Antonio. With nearly 30,000 students, UTSA is the place to be for sustainable research. We will showcase the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TxSERI) and highlight efforts by faculty and students to advance sustainable technologies. Also, we will tour the campus and see why our Facility Management team earned the 2016 APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities, Award for Excellence.

Evening Events

The AASHE Epic Not-working Event for Change Agents

Monday, Oct. 16 | 6:30 p.m. - until the fun stops | $65

This year’s Epic Not-working Event offers more artistic adventuring to recharge our frayed nerves, refill our empty emotional reserves and reconnect our big hearts. Come and drink in both alcohol and the offerings of around 11 of your fellow travelers who will each contribute, through their chosen artistic medium, 5 minutes of what they most want the audience to experience. The only power pointing will be dance move related! You can expect something raw, surprising, courageous and very real to pass through your senses. All change agents are encouraged to attend! 50 of you will have to attend to make it viable so bring your posse. It will be fun and lighthearted and there will be delicious hors d'oeuvres some free drinks and a cash bar.

If you have a potential 5 minute artistic contribution you want to propose - please add your proposal to this Google Document before Sept. 15.

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